Maurício Afonso Verícimo

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Ric c 1 and Ric c 3 are the major castor bean allergens. In order to identify continuous IgE-epitopes in Ric c 1 and Ric c 3, pools of sera from rats immunized with a pool of 2S albumin from these seeds, Ric c 1 and Ric c 3 overlapping synthetic peptides, were used to screen for IgE-binding epitopes. The allergenic properties were monitored by mast cell(More)
Significant effort has been made world-wide to boost biofuels with the expectation of a positive contribution to renewable fuel and greenhouse gas reduction. Jatropha curcas L. has proved to be an opportunistic crop in tropical areas, particularly in unfavorable environments. For this reason, analyses of toxicity and allergy caused by its seeds and pollen(More)
Paracoccidiodomycosis (PCM) is a systemic mycosis that presents a wide spectrum of clinical manifestations caused by Paracoccidiodes brasiliensis. The experimental murine model has been used to approach the disease with susceptible and resistant mouse strains that reproduce most of the main human immunological features. We investigated whether the pattern(More)
The lectins, a class of proteins that occur widely in animals, plants, fungi, lichens and microorganisms, are known for their ability to specifically bind to carbohydrates. Plant lectins can be classified into 12 families including the Galanthus nivalis agglutinin (GNA)-related lectin superfamily, which is widespread among monocotyledonous plants and binds(More)
Leishmaniasis is a disease of public health significance, and the available therapy is unsatisfactory. Studies of marine algae as a source of pharmacologically active compounds have increased worldwide. This study evaluated the activity of algal crude extracts and a purified product against Leishmania amazonensis. Extracts from Caulerpa racemosa, Osmundaria(More)
The aim of this study was to verify the immunogenicity of Pterobothrium heteracanthum (Cestoda: Trypanorhyncha) crude protein extract (PH-CPE) in BALB/c mice. The parasites were obtained from Micropogonias furnieri (Osteichthyes: Sciaenidae). Groups of six mice were each immunized with 10, 50 or 100 μg of PH-CPE, on days 0 and 35. Both specific IgG and IgE(More)
Anisakidosis is a human parasitic disease caused by infections with members of the Anisakidae family. Accidental infection after fish intake affects the gastrointestinal tract as a consequence of mechanical damage caused by migrating larvae. Infections can also trigger allergies, hives, severe asthma or anaphylaxis with angioedema. Although mouse models of(More)
Lectins are proteins found in a wide range of organisms, with the ability to bind reversibly to specific carbohydrates. They can display important biological activities, such as the activation of the cell cycle in lymphocytes. Storage proteins with lectin activity have been reported in tuberous plant species, such as Colocasia esculenta, popularly known as(More)
To understand the mechanisms of infection and to attempt to simulate human infection by the Anisakidae family, many in vivo experimental approaches have been developed. The aim was to develop and present a technique for the induction of an oral infection through the use of an intra-gastric gavage of live Anisakis simplex in mice. A commercial pediatric(More)
BACKGROUND This study had sought to assess the seroreactivity to the fish nematode Anisakis spp. in a puerperal population, as well as to ascertain whether a correlation exists between maternal and cord blood levels. METHODS Blood samples were obtained from puerperal women and cord blood to measure specific anti-Anisakis antigen IgG and IgE by ELISA.(More)